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UK Agricultural Meteorologist Warns Of Livestock Heat Stress Dangers Through Weekend

It’s already hot outside, but University of Kentucky agricultural meteorologist Matthew Dixon said it’s about to get even hotter over the weekend, and livestock producers and horse owners need to do what they can to minimize animal stress. “Much of the state is under an excessive heat warning through Sunday evening,” Dixon said. “We expect […]

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Stripes May Help Zebras Handle The Heat

The stripes on zebra coats may do more than just assist with fly control: They may help control body temperature, new research shows. Small-scale convection currents created between the stripes aid evaporation and the zebra’s ability to erect the hair on their black stripes also helps with heat loss. Former biology technician Alison Cobb and […]

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Horses: Some Like It Hot; Others Don’t

Warm weather is already arriving in some parts of the country and while most horses are able to exert energy without worry during the hot and humid weather, other horses struggle. Fitness and conditioning can help a horse’s cardiovascular system move heat from the muscles to the skin, where the heat is evaporated from sweat […]

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Chestnut Horses More Sensitive To Saddle Fit

Similar to humans with red hair, red-headed horses have very sensitive skin. The largest organ of the body, skin is designed for defense. It’s also the first to show signs of pressure and can be used to assess pain in horses — specifically, pain from poor saddle fit. The area on a horse’s back where […]

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